Hello. Beware, TWO meanings
are given by my "Webster's 3d new int. dictionary" :
- 1/ "from ME skopper" : a hole, drain etc...(hence the nautical slang term pointed at by unsigned commentator supra)
- 2/ from origin unknown" : to put in danger; ambush (which rather corresponds to the newspaper citations).
In nautical french, scupper = dalot (if it means a hole in the boat wall, to drain water from the deck) , or bonde (bung-hole), or nable if it is a hole in the bottom, to empty or scuttle the craft. Regards, Arapaima 07:42, 9 September 2009 (UTC) Oops , sorry, I blundered trying to edit "translations" on the page ...
From Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Sixth Edition - in public domain.
- Kquirici 22:41, 9 September 2009 (UTC)